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the NOREN Exhibition "YURA-YURA"
producers: Kontetsu & Shin Nakamura
exhibition in the Main Bar
Oct 4 - Oct. 31, 2014


NOREN, a fabric partition, is linked to Japanese culture and tradition. Since olden days, it has been used as a facade for signage or interior partitions. The first know usage of the word NOREN were in ZEN textbooks during in the Kamakura-era. In the Edo-era, with progress of dyeing and weaving technology, it became widely used by the general public. Inside or outside, ordinary or extraordinary, NOREN fabric gently provides a separation of space. In this day and age, with a need for more global understanding and respect for diversity, we would like to take the notion of a NOREN, swinging and swaying, as an alternative to building walls of separation. This is our "YURA-YURA" concept.

Kontetsu and Shin Nakamura is 3rd and 4th generation of the NAKAMURA Inc. which produced Kimono making in Kanda Tokyo. Recently Kontetsu had been planning traditional culture events and workshops for next generation. In last spring, their company made a "Big-Noren" for the opening event at the Nihonbashi Redevelopment. Its theme was "Tradition and Innovation". Now NAKAMURA Inc. is promoting more NOREN projects to create a new standard for facade signage and interior partitions.



project members:
Risa Kojo (art direction)
Kiyoshi Takai (photo)
Miho Takenoshita (photo)
Everett K. Brown (photo)
Makoto Hakuba (noren design)
Hitoshi Shirai (weaving)
Shiro Nakani (dyeing)
Akiko Nishida (dyeing)
Masahiro Morioka (sewing)
Tadahiro Konoe (graphic)
Shouryu Hatoba (graphic)
Tenyu (graphic)
Mie Ishii (graphic)

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 FCCJ Sept 6 - Oct 3 Photo Exhibition

Patterns: photo exhibition by Torin Boyd
Main Bar & Masukomi Sushi
Sept. 6 - Oct. 3, 2014

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This series of images were taken over several years and are the result of a subconscious effort. That is, I had never sought out to create a body of work in which patterns and shapes were a common denominator. That all changed one day in 2003 when I was editing my work to build a new portfolio. In looking over my many images, I realized I'd been utilizing patterns on a regular basis for both my professional and personal work. I had developed a photographic style without even knowing it. Presented here are a selection of what I feel are my best pattern images. They span over two decades with many being taken while on assignment for such publications as National Geographic, Newsweek, Fortune, US News & World Report, Business Week, Time, New York Times, and the in-flight magazine of Japan Airlines. Several are images that never made it to print and are being shown for the first time.

Profile: American photojournalist Torin Boyd has been based out of Tokyo, Japan since 1986, concentrating his work on modern day Japan and Asia. He has worked in over twenty countries and throughout the 1990s, was a contract photographer for U.S. News and World Report. He has photographed for many of the World's leading magazines and newspapers, and prior to his career in Japan, was a newspaper photographer in Florida during the late 1970s and early 1980s, as well as a photographer for NASA and various surfing magazines. He has also participated on several publishing projects including the popular Day In the Life of book series, as well as co-authoring two books on Japanese photographic history. He is represented by the photo agency Polaris Images of New York.

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Saltwater Sky
Photography exhibition by Mitsuyuki Shibata
Main Bar Aug. 2 - Sept. 5



The daily view of the sea spreads before me. To capture it was the only thing that matters. Searching and hoping to meet something new in the same hours, on the same beaches. The sea had not changed or rather, it invites me with greater beauty than before. In the winter, standing on the coastline before the dawn, a deep silence takes over the place, creating a sensation of melting the camera and me into an infinitely changing space and time. Sereneness and openness, more than any words could ever say.

Mitsuyuki Shibata: Movie & Still Cameraman A dedicated surfer, the sea continues to be the center or his life and work. Shibata's romantic and emotional photographs have been embraced, not only by the world of surfing, but within the general population at large. Amongst his published works are; 'Daze' (Marine Planning), 'Lei' (World Photo Press), 'Kaimana Hila Home' (Shueisha Inc.), 'Summer Bohemians' and 'Saltwater Sky' (Bueno Books). The Exhibitions Committee  


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I think of India as my spiritual home, the home of my soul. Ever since I fell in love with India 30 years ago, I have visited the holy city of Benares at least once every year. Sitting on the banks of the Ganges, I scoop up a handful of Gangajal (Holy Water) and use it to prepare my Sumi ink. I draw the people and the landscapes of this beautiful land. In addition to images of India, I also paint Japanese motifs. For this exhibition, I have artworks depicting Ojizousama (stone Buddha Statue in the shape of a child) and Rakan (achiever of Nirvana).

Profile Yoko Koyano: Calligrapher and SUMI-E Painter Based on her calligraphy and TENKOKU (seal-engraving) profession, Koyano started her SUMI-E painting career in 1977. Since her first visit to India in 1980, she has been providing Indian themed work toward exhibits held over 10 Indian cities, including the 50th anniversary of India?fs independence celebration exhibition. Her works has also been used as title logo of Japanese TV shows and plays.

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In Kyrgyzstan, as many as 40% of ethnic Kyrgyz women are thought to be the result of Ala Kachuu (“grab and run”), or bride kidnapping. According to a local NGO, about 15,000 women, usually below the age of 25, are kidnapped every year to become brides. Though illegal since 1994, the authorities largely turn a blind eye to the practice. Most commonly, the putative groom will gather a group of young men and charter a car to go and look for the woman he wants to marry. Unsuspecting women are then often dragged off the street and bundled into the car which takes them straight to the man's house where frequently the family will have already started to make preparations for the wedding. Once girls are taken inside the kidnapper’s home, female elders play a pivotal role in persuading her to accept the marriage. After several hours of struggle, around 84% of kidnapped women end up agreeing to the marriage. Their parents often also pressure the girls, as once she has entered her kidnappers home she is considered to no longer be pure, making it “shameful” for her to return home. Therefore, in order to avoid scandal, a negative reputation among neighbors, cursing from the kidnapper’s family and disgrace, they tend to remain with their kidnappers.

I visited Kyrgyzstan for the first time in 2012 and have spent five months visiting villages throughout the country to explore the issue and tell the story of mainly 4 women who had been kidnapped: Fardia, a 20 year old woman who was kidnapped but resisted and ended up being rescued by her brother from her suitor's family; Cholpon, Aitilek and Dinara, three women who were kidnapped and, for one reason or another, decided to give in and get married. In January 2014, I went back to Kyrgyzstan for a month to follow up on the women I photographed before. Pictures I took are just a piece of their lives.

Noriko Hayashi (b.1983) is a Japanese photographer focusing on social issue and human conditions in different parts of the world.
Her work has been recognized with awards including the 1st prize of NPPA Best of Photojournalism in contemporary issue stories 2014, the Visa d’Or feature award at the Visa Pour I’image 2013 in France, the 1st prize of DAYS JAPAN international Photojournalism award in 2012. Noriko’s works have been published internationally such as The Washington Post, International Herald Tribune, Der Spiegel, National Geographic Japan, Marie Claire UK and Russia, Le Monde and Newsweek, DAYS JAPAN.


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